There’s a palpable combine of pleasure and warning surrounding this yr’s assembly in Davos. You don’t must spend an excessive amount of time reflecting on as we speak’s headlines to see that the fast tempo of digital transformation deserves a worldwide dialogue – on the highest ranges – on how actual folks expertise technological change.
Know-how is a transformative pressure for good. However there are dangers.
Know-how is remodeling our lives, altering the best way we study, work, work together with others and get entry to all sorts of companies. However amid the myriad advantages of digital applied sciences, there are potential dangers to well-being, the place these missing digital literacy—a mix of technical, emotional, and social expertise—fall behind. I’m inspired by the conversations I’ve had with leaders and policymakers assembled in Davos this week. It’s clear to me there’s an actual sense of shared duty in regards to the stakes concerned on this fast reconfiguration of how society capabilities.
A rising tide lifts all ships.
Connecting hundreds of thousands to the digital economic system is a job that may’t be achieved alone. Technological advantages resembling improved entry to schooling and well being info are met with challenges resembling weakened social connectedness, persistent digital divides, the unfold of disinformation and rising threats to cybersecurity. We take the connection between the dangers and advantages of know-how severely. Our new partnership with the OECD Centre on Properly-being, Inclusion, Sustainability and Equal Alternative (WISE) exhibits how working collectively in new methods to prioritize our collective well-being might help ship a wholesome, affluent, and protected digital life.
Becoming a member of forces with the OECD to review well-being within the digital age
Grounded within the OECD Properly-being Framework and aligned to Cisco’s CDA pillars, our joint initiative will current present and rising OECD information and look at the complicated nature of digital transformation by way of the Digital Properly-Being Hub.
The hub may even function an interactive platform to assemble new statistics and folks’s insights on digital well-being, together with the influence of the digital divide and inequalities within the uptake and use of digital applied sciences.
The OECD has already executed loads of groundwork
The OECD WISE Centre Director Romina Boarini has already established the start line for our partnership. She notes, “The OECD has an extended custom of labor supporting coverage makers, serving to them higher perceive digital transformation and develop acceptable insurance policies to assist form a constructive digital future. Our preliminary report, ‘How’s Life within the Digital Age,’ highlighted the advantages and challenges of digital transformation, from enhanced entry and productiveness to points just like the digital divide and private safety threats in folks’s on a regular basis life and office. Our partnership with Cisco helps us take the following step in broadening what we all know concerning the interaction between know-how and life to counterpoint our understanding of well-being within the digital realm.”
“The OECD has an extended custom of labor supporting
coverage makers, serving to them higher perceive digital
transformation and develop acceptable insurance policies
to assist form a constructive digital future.”
—Romina Boarini, OECD WISE Centre Director
Cisco provides connections and expertise to the partnership
Our objective is to attach extra folks to the digital economic system and foster digital inclusion throughout the globe. We‘re pushed by the idea that everybody, all over the place, no matter the place they arrive from or the place they’re as we speak, deserve the chance to be related to the digital economic system, now and in years to come back.
From my place as Chief Innovation Officer, I see with my very own eyes, the best way Cisco works with governments, business, schooling establishments, non-profits, and neighborhood leaders. A long time of expertise via our Nation Digital Acceleration and Networking Academy applications uniquely equips us to accomplice with organizations and communities to attach the unconnected and construct a extra inclusive future for all. This partnership faucets into Cisco and OECD’s experience in understanding and mitigating dangers, unlocking the worth of digitization to finally enhance digital well-being, energy protected inclusive communities and resilient financial growth. We’re excited for the work forward.
The yr forward
The partnership will launch its ‘Digital Properly-being Hub’ within the second half of 2024. In November, we’ll take part within the OECD’s World Discussion board on Properly-being the place we’ll be a part of conversations addressing the worth of well-being approaches for enhancing data, efficiency and cooperation throughout the general public, personal and civil sectors in a context of societal change.